Shailene Woodley will be ruling March for even longer than we thought she would - though we really shouldn't be surprised.
After a string of Young Adult literary adaptations had Hollywood wondering about the viability of the genre, "Divergent" was the #1 movie in America with a $54.6 million opening weekend when it was released this past March 17. and it has raked in $116 million domestically overall.
That success meant, obviously, that Lionsgate's plan to have the other two chapters of the trilogy hit the big screen would obviously proceed.
However - and this should really surprise no one - they saw the relatively strong legs "Divergent" has had at the box-office and saw the potential for even more.
Therefore, Lionsgate announced Friday (today) that the "Divergent" trilogy’s final book, "Allegiant", will be split into two films. This means it will be following the franchise trend spurred by the "Harry Potter" films and aped by both the "Twilight" movies and the "Hunger Games" series. "Allegiant — Part 1" will be released March 18, 2016, while "Allegiant — Part 2" will arrive on March 24, 2017. The studio has not announced where they plan to split the novel’s story.
“Veronica Roth brings her captivating story to a masterful conclusion in 'Allegiant', a rich, action-packed book with material that is ideally suited to two strong and fulfilling movies,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger in a statement. “The storytelling arc and world of the characters lend themselves perfectly to two films, a storytelling strategy that has worked very well for us on the two 'Twilight Breaking Dawn' films and about which we’re tremendously enthusiastic for the two upcoming 'Mockingjay' films of 'The Hunger Games franchise'.”
Up next will be the second film of the saga, Insurgent (directed by Robert Schwentke), which will hit theaters March 20, 2015.